Cliff displays his Ka-8 model prototype
This training and club sailplane is basically a single-seater version of the tandem two-seater Ka7; designed by Rudolf Kaiser, it also owes something to the Ka 6 series but has a simpler structure, very similar to that of the Ka 7, which makes it suitable for amateur
The cantilever high wings are single-spar structures of pine and plywood, with a plywood leading edge torsion box and fabric covering aft of the spar; their forward sweep is 1o 18' and dihedral is 3o. There are Schempp-Hirth air brakes in the upper and lower surfaces and the wooden ailerons are plywood covered. The cantilever tail unit is of similar construction to the wings, with ply-covered fixed surfaces and fabric-covered rudder and elevators, and a trim tab in the elevator is an optional fitting. The fuselage is a welded steel tube structure, with fabric covering over spruce longerons and a glassfibre nose cone. There is a non-retractable and unsprung monowheel, with no brake, and a nose skid mounted on rubber blocks in front of it, plus a steel spur at the tail.
Below are example models built from Cliffs' plan
Download Schleichers Ka 8 brochure below